Published Nov 19, 2015Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan's Non-Believers is his first album under his own name, and it's one of the year's best (and most under-appreciated) indie rock records. Now, the collection has got a full-length instrumental reworking under the name Staring at Your Hologram.
The album takes its title from the track "Your Hologram" (the lyrics of which also provided the title for Non-Believers). For this new version, the entire 10-song album has been condensed into a single 39-minute track and remixed by McCaughan himself.
The songwriter explained the project with the following statement:
For the most part, I took away the drums and the vocals, rearranged some parts, and brought instruments to the fore that in the original album were more of a bed for the guitars and vocals. If the most obvious influences on Non-Believers are bands like New Order or Cocteau Twins, then for this version of the album I was drawing on a different part of the '80s landscape and trying to imagine what it would sound like if Arthur Russell or Cluster made an album by remixing the basic tracks.
The entire soundscape is available to stream now and can be heard at the bottom of this page. You can also buy it digitally on Bandcamp.
Staring at Your Hologram will get a vinyl pressing on January 29. It will be pressed in a run of 500 clear vinyl copies, and each one will be hand-numbered by McCaughan himself. Copies are available to pre-order online. That's the cover artwork above.
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